Dr. Frances LUI
Consultant, Anaesthesiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr Frances Lui supervises clinical obstetric analgesia and anaesthesia services at QMH. She coordinates antenatal multidisciplinary care planning, consultations, education, training, simulations, drills and workshops. Thanks to the wonderful and dedicated team of obstetricians, anaesthesiologists, blood bank colleagues, cardiologists, neonatalogists and midwives at QMH, they have been providing quality care over the years to many high risk pregnant women, established maternal high dependency beds with joint professional care, protocols for obstetric haemorrhages, baby friendly hospital initiatives and many more achievements over the years. She had contributed as a guest speaker in local and overseas conferences, peer reviewer of journals, examiner of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists, and expert witness as invited by the Medical Council of Hong Kong. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to constant drafting and reviewing guidelines and recommendations, her new interest is how to maintain resilience and lose some weight.
The reduction in maternal mortality rate and elimination of preventable deaths of newborns in all countries by 2030 are Sustainable Development Goals prioritized by United Nations. As anaesthesiologists and key stakeholders in labour suites, how can we further contribute to improve maternal safety and perinatal care? The focus of this talk would be updates and review on anaesthetic care provided to high risk pregnancies and obstetric emergencies, as illustrated by gestational hypertensive disease spectrum (B for “blood pressure”), intrauterine resuscitation, fetal distress and perinatal asphyxia (B for “babies”) and obstetric haemorrhages (B for “bleeding”). The interplay of knowledge, skills, and multidisciplinary collaboration together contribute to continuous quality improvements in obstetric anaesthesia. I hope my experience in management in obstetric emergencies and the updated knowledge provided by my talk would leave the audience an intriguing perspective towards our major role as an anaesthesiologist in contributing quality maternal and newborn anaesthetic care.